PNCA Low-Residency MFA Program Summer 2020 Residency Classes & Readings Open to the Public

June 29, 2020

As part of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, PNCA offers talks, discussions, and readings by acclaimed writers and artists, July 24th to August 3rd. Everything is free and open to the public. All events this summer are hosted via Zoom; they can also be attended in person---Room 311 at PNCA's 511-Building (wearing a mask). To attend talks or readings, please register by sending Jay Ponteri an email at


Saturday, July 25


Unsafe is Not a Feeling: How Writing Contends with the Illusion of Safety

Sara Jaffe


Winter Poop, Spring Revivals, Summer Fires, and Fall Marigolds

Alison C Rollins

Sunday, July 26


THE ART OF WEALTH (in life & in literature)

Vi Khi Nao

Monday, July 27


Outsider Ecopoetics

Tyrone Williams


Feminism / Queer Theory

Shawna Lipton and Sloane McNulty

Tuesday, July 28



Matt Hart


Feminism / Queer Theory

Shawna Lipton and Sloane McNulty


Making a Short Film with Your Writing

Perrin Kerns

Thursday, July 30th


Feminism / Queer Theory

Shawna Lipton and Sloane McNulty

Saturday, August 1


On brief lives and nested genres

Alejandro de Acosta

Sunday, August 2


Feminism / Queer Theory

Shawna Lipton and Sloane McNulty


Chromophilia and a new first person

Daniela Naomi Molnar

Monday, August 3


The Empathy Papers

Jay Ponteri


Flowers of Forgetting

Brandon Shimoda


All readings live through Zoom (links to come) or PNCA’s Live Youtube Channel.

Friday, July 24th, 6:30 pm

Alejandro de Acosta, Sara Jaffe, and Vi Khi Nao

Sunday, July 26th, 6:30 pm

Perrin Kerns, Brandon Shimoda, and Tyrone Williams

Monday, July 27th, 6:30 pm

Matt Hart, Jay Ponteri, and Alison C Rollins

Friday, July 31, 6:30 pm

An evening with Jenny Boully and Catie Hannigan

Saturday, August 1, 6:30 pm

An evening with Poupeh Missaghi and Daniela Naomi Molnar


Summer Residency 2020

Faculty & Guest Artist Biographies

Alejandro de Acosta is a teacher, writer, and translator, in no particular order; he also helps people make books. He has translated philosophy and poetry from Spanish and French; he has also published two books of critical and experimental essays. He still lives in Olympia, WA.

Jenny Boully is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in General Nonfiction and the author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life. Her previous books include not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays, [one love affair]*, of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon: a book of failures, and The Body: An Essay. She currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Catie Hannigan is a queer poet and visual artist from Maine. Her work incorporates poetry, book-making, installation, and photography, with an emphasis on what is simple and deliberate. She is the author of MOON’S CABIN (dancing girl press, 2019), Water Fragments (Tammy Journal, 2017), and What Once Was There Is The Most Beautiful Thing (DIAGRAM, 2015). She has received fellowships from In-cahoots Residency, c3:initiative, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, among others. She teaches poetry in the Poetry Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing and Resource Center, Portland Community College, and her own online creative writing courses in Portland, OR. More of her work can be found at

Matt Hart is the author of nine books of poems, including most recently Everything Breaking/for Good and The Obliterations. Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including Big Bell, Columbia Poetry Review, Harvard Review, jubilat, Lungfull!, Mississippi Review, POETRY, and Waxwing, among others. A 2020 Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow, his other awards include a Pushcart Prize, a grant from The Shifting Foundation, and a fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A co-founder and editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band NEVERNEW.

Sara Jaffe is a writer, educator, and musician living in Portland, OR. Her first novel, Dryland, was published by Tin House Books in 2015, and will be released in the UK by Cipher Press in 2021. Her short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in publications including Catapult, Fence, BOMB, NOON, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She co-edited The Art of Touring (Yeti, 2009), an anthology of writing and visual art by musicians drawing on her experience as guitarist for post-punk band Erase Errata. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, RADAR Productions, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She is also co-founding editor of New Herring Press, a publisher of prose chapbooks.

Perrin Kerns currently teaches literature and writing at Prescott College, Portland State University, and Clark College. She served as the Director of Writing at Marylhurst University before it closed. Her own creative work has taken her from lyric essay to digital story to personal narrative documentaries. She teaches creative nonfiction, feminist theory, digital storytelling, women writers, African American literature and modernism.

Shawna Lipton is Chair of the MA in Critical Studies Program at PNCA. Shawna received a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an educator and public scholar informed by interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies. Her critical writing has been published in New Cinemas and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Shawna's research and teaching interests include Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Visual Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Academic Writing.

Sloane McNulty (PhD American Studies – Rutgers) is a Liberal Arts and Critical Studies Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Their work is centered on assemblages of gender, ecology, and capital, while also intervening in narratives around genetic science, social media, and animal ethics. Their current work includes a book length manuscript entitled “Viral Ethics: Media, Ecology, Debt,” as well as scholarship on the effects of climate change on anticapitalist uprisings, the affective economics of social media, and intersections of trans* theory and technology. Some courses they have crafted and taught include (but are not limited to): -The Capitalocene: Ecology, Tech, and the End of the World -Affect, Media, Becoming: On Gender and Sexuality -Gender, Sexuality, and Science Fiction

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator both into and out of Persian, Asymptote's Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Denver, an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in translation studies. Her nonfiction, fiction, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. Her debut novel trans(re)lating house one was published by Coffee House Press in February 2020. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

Daniela Naomi Molnar is a visual artist / poet / wilderness guide / educator / activist / eternal student. She founded the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is an active part of Signal Fire, an organization which provides opportunities for artists and creative agitators to engage with our remaining wildlands. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Warren Wilson College. You can read some of her recent poems in Fugue, Moss, and Bomb Cyclone. A member of the third generation of the Holocaust and a daughter of immigrants, she lives in Portland, Oregon on the unceded land of the Clackamas, Cowlitz, Chinook, Multnomah, and other Indigenous peoples.

VI KHI NAO is the author of four poetry collections: Human Tetris (11:11 Press, 2019) Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), The Old Philosopher (winner of the Nightboat Prize for 2014), & of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of the 2016 FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize), the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016). Her work includes drawings, poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the Fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain Institute.

Jay Ponteri directed the creative writing program at Marylhurst University from 2008-2018 and is the author of Darkmouth Inside Me and Wedlocked. LOBE is forthcoming from Widow+Orphan House, 2021. The recipient of the 2013 Oregon Book Award and the Frank Waters Fellowship, Jay is also the founder of Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Artist and Writers. Jay serves as an instructor at Literary Arts, on the advisory board of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) and on the board of Tavern Books, a poetry press.

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as the Lead Teaching and Learning Librarian for Colorado College. She also serves as faculty for Pacific Northwest College of Art's Low-Residency MFA program. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Missouri Review, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, The Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and in 2020 the winner of a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press) is available now.

Brandon Shimoda is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently The Grave on the Wall, which received the PEN Open Book Award. He is currently writing a book of short stories—centered around a young woman who, the morning after her husband dies, shaves off her eyebrows—and also a book on Japanese American incarceration. He is also the curator of The Hiroshima Library, an itinerant reading room/collection of books on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, currently under quarantine at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and six books of poetry: c.c. (Krupskaya 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madress Press 2011), Howell (Atelos Books 2011) and As Iz (Omnidawn 2018). A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. He and Jeanne Heuving edited the anthology, Inciting Poetics (University of New Mexico Press, 2019).